BlackBerry smartphones have never been known for their exceptional cameras, over the years the company has found it hard to keep up with the likes of Apple and Samsung who have made significant advancements in camera technology. It has bounced back with the BlackBerry Priv though because with a DxOMark Mobile score of 82 points it has been found to achieve excellent results for photography performance and now sits among the top ten best smartphones from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Sony in terms of camera performance.
The BlackBerry Priv’s 18 megapixel rear camera is built around a large 1/2.4 inch imaging sensor which is capable of capturing 1440×2560-pixel stills or recording video at 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps. The 27mm f/2.2 Schneider-Kreuznach lens and features like image stabilization, dual-LED flash, HDR, phase-detection autofocus among others do add to its overall performance.
DxOMark’s test found that the smartphone renders strong and pleasant color under indoor and outdoor lighting conditions though white balance was found to be a little inconsistent when shooting outdoors. Low-light detail preservation was also commended, the Priv is said to record “some of the best low-light detail” that DxOMark has ever seen.
There were no complaints about the handset’s phase detection autofocus which was found to be generally fast and accurate in all conditions, with excellent detail preservation also being noticed when recording video as well as excellent noise reduction.
So the BlackBerry Priv gets a vote of confidence from DxOMark as far as camera performance goes, and given that the company hasn’t been moving as many units as it needs to, perhaps the resounding approval from DxOMark will convince more people to try out BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone.